The death of a loved one can be traumatic, and during the holidays the feelings of loss can be even more pronounced. While each person grieves differently, the COVID-19 pandemic can make anyone who is grieving feel more isolated and sad. These suggestions may help during this especially difficult time.
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Grieving can look different in children. They often grieve in spurts, moving between grieving and being interested in everyday things. For example, they might seem sad for a short time, then go back to their usual activities, and then back to grieving again. As they get older, they may continue to grieve, but in different ways.
Help a child grieve in a healthy way by letting them know it’s OK to talk about it. You can also help by taking care of yourself emotionally. If you need help, get it.
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